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Angie’s Panties

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The government expressed deep shock at the recent displaying of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s ‘panties’ during a strike. The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) protest was a call for the resignation of Motshekga and her director general, Bobby Soobrayan. “This kind of behaviour… infringes the rights of women, which are enshrined in our hard fought for Constitution,” acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams said after the march. “It is very ironic that the trade unions who played an important role in the liberation struggle of our country and in particular the drafting of the Constitution are the very ones that are degrading the hard fought for freedoms.” http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Govt-shocked-disappointed-in-Sadtu-20130425.

While it is understandable that protesters want to make a point, this statement was put across in a very inappropriate way. How did the showing off of Angie’s supposed underwear aid them in their demands? It did not. In actual fact why should demands be met when the people asking for something go about it in such an obnoxious way? It is degrading and infringes on the rights of women, especially as our constitution promotes non-sexism. This act infringed on Motshekga’s right to dignity, leaving her feeling embarrassed, and in actual fact diverging greatly from the point of the protest.  If people want respect and to be treated well according to their rights as citizens, then how can they go about disrespecting others in such an open, shameless way?

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